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Canadian Environment Week: June 5-11, 2011

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations in 1972 to encourage global action on behalf of the environment.  A primary objective of this event is to personalize environmental issues and help people realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. 

UNEP World Environment DayWorld Environment Day marks the beginning of Canadian Environment Week-June 5 to June 11. In addition to World Environment Day this week-long celebration includes Clean Air Day and World Oceans Day, both taking place on Wednesday, June 8.  In keeping with the UN’s 2011 focus on forest ecosystems, the theme of Canadian Environment Week is ‘Preserving our Forests, Protecting our Future’.

Canadian Environment Week provides many wonderful opportunities for teachers and students to investigate important environmental issues and bring about positive changes within their own communities.  

Why Participate in Canadian Environment Week

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    Canadian Environment Week activities will focus attention on important issues related to our forests, oceans, and atmosphere.
  • Canadian Environment Week can provide students with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in their community.
  • Participation in Canadian Environment Week activities can demonstrate the importance of individual efforts in caring for the environment.
  • Canadian Environment Week can provide an opportunity to recognize our shortcomings and celebrate our achievements as a nation in protecting the environment.

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in the Canadian Environment Week. The Top R4R Picks (above) will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.

For more information and activities to support this special week, be sure to check: